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The Archifest Pavilion

This year saw not one but two Archifest Pavilions being built, and they were arguably some of the most stunning yet.

The Archifest Pavilion


October 16th, 2014

Running from 26 September to 11 October, this year’s annual Archifest had, for the first time, two winners in its Archifest Pavilion Design Competition.

Winners architect Fong Hoo Cheong of HCF and Associates, and architect Kelvin Kan and Lead Designer Shinya Okuda of AgFacadesign and NUS were commissioned to build their winning work at Marina Bay Sands, the pavilions’ dedicated site for 2014.


Embracing the Archifest theme of “Crowd”, Fong Hoo Cheong’s “FUGUE 1357” was a pavilion made of an army of the ubiquitous plastic stool that one can commonly find in kopitiams (coffee shops). The aggregation of stools transformed the humble object into something greater – a monumental architectural space.

The pavilion’s great wall formed a massive banner for the festival with light and sound. It also concealed a layered cloister of chambers and passages, entered from a hypostyle hall that also served to define entry and give orientation.


In addition, the porosity of the structure offered up a layered transparency, creating views from inside as well as out. The openings were a fugue of 1, 3 and 5. Openings were meticulously etched to sculpt movement and discovery. Up above, the foil roof reflected heat, warped light and shimmered like the sunlight on the bay.


Integrated in the middle of FUGUE 1357, ‘Cloud Arch” by Kelvin Kan and Shinya Okuda was a highly innovative, ultra-light outdoor architecture system designed for daily use at exhibitions and events.

It protected against the outdoor elements, whilst emphasising the scenic landscape through its cloud-inspired roof-scape. Cloud Arch featured three large canopies, with each dynamically framing an iconic landmark view, such as the Esplanade or the CBD skyscrapers. They could also be flexibly partitioned with hanging panels to host various size events during Archifest.

The first-of-its-kind long-span canopy is a lightweight structure that utilises EPS foam, yet it is able to withstand the maximum wind force in Singapore. It is also 100% recyclable.

Following the event, Cloud Arch will be relocated to an open greenery space to serve as a multi-functional shed.

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